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Standard Stock or Pistol Grip?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by ricklee4570, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. ricklee4570


    Sep 11, 2009
    Just curious as to which you prefer? I have only shot with the standard stock. Is there any tactical advantage with the pistol grip stock?
  2. BgDnTx


    Dec 4, 2009
    The pistol grip, being shorter, is easier to move around in confined space such as a bedroom. With that said, I have a removable tactical stock on a Mossberg Persuader but leave it on because it affords me more stability when shooting and "feels" better for me, whether up at my shoulder or crouched under my armpit above the waist a bit.

  3. For the typical owner/user there is no advantage to a pistol grip-only stock, tactical or otherwise.
  4. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    In my personal experience a pistol grip (stock) is easier to handle in tight spaces because you can slide the stock up slightly over your shoulder & canted or slid the stock under your armpit or outside your forearm if you got yourself into a tight non-traditional shooting position or tight area of a structure. Life isnt lived on a static square box range unfortunately.

    Also the LOP seems slightly shorter on most pistol grips. If this is just in my head then I apologize but I own both and the pistol grip does feel shorter to me.

    Also for military & law enforcement types (or preppers lol) who might be using a gas mask, some say a pistol grip allows for easier aiming with a mask on?

    For average Joe home will just be personal preference and the average Joe will not really have any HUGE justification going with one or the other just to do basic HD work. i.e. fetch your kids, retreat to a safe hardened position, call 911 and cover the fatal funnel. Any gun can do that level of shooting and tactics. I dont recommend clearing your house by yourself if there are unknown amount of bad guys coming in? They travel in packs usually. For example the Billings family murdered in Florida and the guy attacked in Az by 4 bad guys (one with a rifle).

    I like both and practice with both since I cant guarantee that I will be fighting for my life (or my families life) with my own gun 100% of the time.

    I abhor pistol grip only shotguns for HD.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2011
  5. furioso2112


    Dec 12, 2007
    I FAR prefer a pistol grip - much more natural wrist position to carry and shoot, more maneuverable.
  6. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    Are you referring to the Pistol grip/shoulder stock, or pistol grip only? Thats an important difference.
  7. BailRecoveryAgent

    BailRecoveryAgent Rude Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    In the words of a Rage Against The Machine cover of a Volume 10 song from the early 90's, "Pistol grip pump on my lap at all times, they can be messin wit other peoples stuff but they betta not be messin wit mine."

    I like the looks of the pistol grip, and it feels cool shooting it. The manuverablility advantage is an advantage you hope you never have to put into play in real life.
  8. ricklee4570


    Sep 11, 2009
    I was referring to pistol grip shoulder stock.
  9. SPECOPS72


    Jun 17, 2004
    Austin Texas
    pistol grip only.....don't care for it on a defensive shotgun.

    pistol gripped stock....of the one's I've handled the grip seemed to be at an odd angle. This wouldn't be my preference, but in my opinion would be ok on a defensive shotgun

    standard stock / collapsible type stock...these are my preference, and the only types I have on my shotguns
  10. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    The biggest problem I have with those is with my Mossberg shotgun's safety location. It is much harder to actuate a tang-mounted safety with a PG stock.
  11. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    Yes, all advantage. The stocks like the SF III, IV, IV-S, Knoxx SpecOps and the M-4 type stocks give you multiple advantages.

    For point shooting at close ranges having you hand on the pistol grip is more natural to point fire with. They also give you more control.

    They add additional surface to spread the felt recoil.

    And most important of all is this. THEY ARE BETTER FOR WEAPON RETENTION. Anyone reading this who thinks he can't have his weapon taken is a foolish person. Your ability to retain your weapon if it is grabed is greatly increased with one of these stocks. I saw this first hands in weapons retention drills for my HRT. In the early years we only had hardwood stock 870's and our rifle was the Colt LE. I saw how easy it was for guys to get the shotguns away from each other in drill but it was very difficult with the AR. Latter we changed to the SF IV type stocks, then call Davis and man what a difference. The guys would go at it so hard in these drills trying to get the shotguns away that we had some injuries and had to tone it down.

    So yes, these type of stock give you multiple advantages and no dissadvantage that I am aware of.
  12. ricklee4570


    Sep 11, 2009
    Where is the best place online to find the pistol grip stock?
  13. Very different animal than just a pistol grip. In that case, it becomes very much an individual thing, IMO. I've had some pistol gripped stocks that were nice to work with, I've had others that significantly reduced the usability of the gun. For example, to build on aippi's post, while most of the newer designs are good for weapon retention one design long ago became sort of infamous for trapping your thumb and breaking it if the gun was twisted in a certain way. One thing I do really like about them is that it seems folks pull the gun in tighter when shooting it with the pistol gripped stock.
  14. Ferdinandd


    Feb 17, 2008
    I really like a SF shoulder stock with pistol grip. The angle of my wrist is more comfortable and the gun points very natuarally, and maneuverability and handling is generally improved for me. The PG also helps with weapon retention if its grabbed from the business end, if that's a concern for you.
  15. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    I prefer the standard stock. I've played with the pistol grip version but prefer the normal.
  16. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    Since I'm an old bird hunter, I'm used to the conventional stock on my shotguns.

    I do like the Blackhawk (Knoxx) SpecOps, though. On the 870, it's very convenient and ergonomic.

    I got a great deal on an older 1100, and set it up as a "Competition Master Clone".
    The only deviation that I made, was to put a Speedfeed III stock on it.


    I found this stock to be 'o.k.', but, with the long magazine extension the balance point is a lot farther forward than I liked with that buttstock.
    Also, reloading quickly with that stock was cumbersome, for me.

    So, I put a conventional Speedfeed III stock on it.
  17. Denied

    Denied NRA Member

    Dec 15, 2004
    The speed feed with pistol grip is a far better choice, remember the likelihood of having a flashlight as well as the shotgun, with the pistol grip stock the stock is place in the armpit so control of the weapon using the pistol grip is much better.
  18. I prefer the pistol gripped shoulder stock for everything but a bird/trap gun. Try reloading while keeping the muzzle on target with a conventional stock and you wrist is at an odd angle while having to support the weight of the gun. With the pgss it is at a much more natural angle.
  19. If you feel you need to keep the muzzle on the target, perhaps it isn't the best time to consider fumbling around with a reload? :dunno:
  20. Who said anything about fumbling? With a pistol grip'd stock it is not nearly as hard as it is with a fudd stock. There is no awkwardness and that is the point. Besides, I would rather have more than just the round in the chamber in an uncertain situation.